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Decriminalise drugs says Labour peer Robert Winston

Labour peer Robert Winston said there was a "strong case" for the decriminalisation of drugs, arguing that the policy of prohibition used around the world was not working.

He said: "Maybe we should be looking a bit more bravely at drug usage".

Prof Winston spoke after comedian Russell Brand told MPs that taking drugs should not be seen as a "criminal or judicial matter" and users should be shown more compassion.

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  • 24 Apr 2012